Burntstump Seely C of E Primary Academy

Inspire and Aspire



Who are we?


  • Carol Kay – Chair of the Governing Body

I have been a governor now at Burntstump Seely Primary for over for three years, and chair of governors for almost 2 years. I am a foundation governor which means that I was appointed by St Paul’s Church to be on the school governing body. As well as leading the local governing board I have responsibility for monitoring school improvement, for making sure that safeguarding policies and practices are in place, for checking how the fund for disadvantaged children is spent and helping with the appraisal of our headteacher.

I have worked in primary schools for over 35 years, first as a class teacher and then later in my career as an assistant headteacher, and finally as an acting headteacher.

Although now retired from teaching I am still passionate about education and enjoy coming into school to meet and talk to the staff and children, watch concerts and plays as well as to attend meetings.


  • Sally Baylis - Foundation Governor

I am the Vicar at St Paul's Church, Daybrook and have been on the Governing Body at Burntstump Seely for just over eleven years.  I enjoy sharing  worship at the school and helping to develop our Christian ethos.


  • Sophie Bennington – Parent Governor

I have been a Governor since October 2017 when I was elected onto the Body as a Parent Governor. I am also the Link Governor for Health & Safety and Data Protection. My son has attended the school since January 2016, with his little brother due to join the Foundation Unit in September 2018.

My professional background for many years has been within Financial Services & Infrastructure Management. Many of my roles have involved the implementation of company policies, procedures, IT, project management & Health and Safety.

As a parent, I want to support the school in being the best it can be, providing a space where our children can feel valued and encouraged to reach their own goals and aspirations.

I am extremely proud of our school and passionate about the continued improvements taking place.

I believe Burntstump Seely is going from strength to strength and I look forward to being part of this in the years to come.


  • Sue Ellis – Foundation Governor

I have been a foundation governor at Burntstump Seely since November 2016. I am a retired hospital pharmacist and parent of four adult sons. I am interested in education and am keen to be involved in enabling children to achieve their potential. Being on the governing body of this friendly caring school is a privilege as it becomes embedded into the Southwell and Nottingham Multi-academy Trust . I am particularly interested in promoting the distinctive nature of a church school. From my professional life I have transferable experience of staff appraisal, staff recruitment, inspection frameworks and risk management. I endeavour to offer my full support to the Head teacher and all staff as the school strives to achieve “Good” Ofsted status.


  • Tina Goodridge – Parent Governor

I was elected as parent governor in November 2017. I have lived in Papplewick since 2009 and have found the village, with the school as a central figure, to be a warm, welcoming community.

My daughter, Sophie, joined Arnold Burntstump Seely Cof E Academy Primary school in September 2013 and is very settled and happy in her class.

My desire to be part of the school’s Governing Body derives from a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.  My own background is embedded in nursing and the desire to care for all individuals.  I have a special interest in the SENCO link due to having an older son who suffers from autism.

My personal experiences with my son, who struggled to read at any early age, lie with literacy especially the importance of developing reading skills from an early age.  I also have a sound knowledge of how to support children with special educational needs and those who are more able. Ensuring an inclusive curriculum for all is therefore important to me.

I hope that some of my skills will be useful to support Mrs Gabb and the staff and governors as they continue to develop what is already a good school into one that can be outstanding in many ways.


 Governor Membership list September 2018.docx


Minutes from Governor Meetings:


Burntstump Seely 2017 Autumn Mins.doc


Burntstump Seely 2018 Spring Academy Mins.doc


Burntstump Seely 2018 Summer Academy Mins.doc


AccountabilityPanelMeeting11thOct18 (4).docx


Autumn Term Minutes of the Full Governing Body Dec 2018.docx


Minutes of Full Governors Spring 2019.docx




Governors Record of Attendance 2018-2019.docx


 Register of Business Interests Forms 2019-20.pdf